Residents living in Malta took more trips to non-EU countries than Spain and Germany put together during the first half of 2019, figures released by the National Statistics Office show.
The total number of outbound tourists for non-EU countries stands at 37,076 visitors for the first half of the year. Spain saw an increase of 33% in Maltese residents visiting the country, making up a total of 20,904 visitors. The usually popular destination of Germany saw a decrease in outbound tourism of 10%, with the number of tourists reaching 14,048 visitors.
When viewed together, the total number of residents visiting Spain and Germany for the first half of 2019 stood at 34,952 while the number of visitors to non-EU countries hit a staggering 37,076, an increase of 14.8% when compared with the same period last year.
NSO figures show that overall outbound tourism, to EU and non-EU countries, has increased by 7.4% in the first six months of the year, when compared with the same period last year.
The most popular destination for locals remains Italy, with 94,487 locals having visited the country in the first six months of the year. This is an increase on 2.1% when compared with the first half of 2018.
Next up is the United Kingdom, with 61,030 locals having visited the country in the first six months of the year, an increase of 8.7% when compared with the same period last year.
An overall increase of 1.4% in bed nights was registered, reaching a total of 1.4 million nights spent by local residents abroad in the first half of the year. In addition to this, expenditure incurred by outbound tourism is estimated to be €244.6 million, a 10.4% increase when compared with last year.